The APM administration has invested heavily into irrigation to enable agriculture to take place in all seasons and make the country’s agro-based economy resilient from the negative impact of climate change which was experienced in the drought of 2017/18.
Some of the notable projects include the Bwanje, Nchalo, Nthola-Ilola-Ngosi Irrigation Schemes and small-scale irrigations schemes covering 24,000 hectares under the Greenbelt Initiative.
Currently, construction of intake canals has begun in the Shire Valley Transformation irrigation program that covers about 40,000 hectares.
As part of the irrigation program, government is constructing 4,000 kilometers of access roads and bridges to enable agricultural produce to access markets.
APM is stopping at nothing to expand Malawi’s irrigation capacity to be the biggest irrigation program in the entire Southern Africa Region. The benefits from this bold initiative will be improved food security for citizens, increased farmer incomes in rural areas, and further support to economic growth through crop diversification.